Re: [OT] French Government Bans the Term 'E-Mail'

From: Michael \(michka\) Kaplan (
Date: Mon Jul 21 2003 - 12:50:54 EDT

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    From: "Michael Everson" <>

    > I don't know what the "i" in
    > the iLifestyle suite (iChat, iPhoto, iBook,
    > iThis, iThat) means.

    For developers, a capital "I" usually means interface -- in code certainly
    but then often applied in life as only geeks can do. I have fond memories of
    not too many years ago, wandering around the Red Light district in Amsterdam
    with fellow developers Stephen Forte and Richard Campbell, discussing the
    important new "IToilet" interface that would revolutionize our interaction
    with commodes. Probably just the space cakes talking. Ah, to be young[er]
    again.... :-)

    I always assumed the lowercase "i" was either meant to be something similar
    to devs but mean something like "information" to normal (i.e.,
    non-developer) types. Then, like any concept is has to be [over]used
    everywhere. Maybe someone from Apple who has talked to their marketing folks
    lately could comment....


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